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British torture, then and now: the role of the judges

Gearty, Conor ORCID: 0000-0002-3885-2650 (2021) British torture, then and now: the role of the judges. Modern Law Review, 84 (1). 118 - 154. ISSN 0026-7961

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This article is concerned with the return of torture and other related abusive conduct to the British counter-insurgency arsenal following the initiation of military engagements in Afghanistan and Iraq in the early 2000s. It focuses primarily on how judges have engaged with the challenges that this torture and abusive conduct have posed, both in their capacity as judges proper and also as appointees to a range of inquiries that have been initiated in the wake of these actions. The article contrasts the post-2001 work of judges with that during an earlier episode when such state abuse was also evident, Northern Ireland in the 1970s. Arguing that the judiciary has been drawn into the fray much more heavily than in the 1970s and across a great range of platforms, the article analyses this judicial involvement and posits explanations for it against the backdrop of a changing UK politico-legal culture.

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Divisions: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2020 14:42
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 03:32

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